Meanwhile, Typhoon Sarika which lashed the Philippines over the weekend is expected to hit Vietnam on Wednesday, with northern provinces on high alert.
As the Vietnamese are still coping with the consequences caused by heavy rains over the past days, a new typhoon is heading for Vietnam, according to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting (NCHMF) on Monday.
Images from flood-hit provinces showed houses nearly completely submerged and people paddling down waterlogged streets following heavy rain that started last week.
Rappler quoting Pagasa said Typhoon Karen maintained its strength as it exited PAR, with maximum winds of up to 130kph and gusts of up to 200kph.
The extremely strong winds in combination with the torrential rains will down trees and may cause widespread power outages that could linger even after the storm has passed. Coastal villagers were warned early to move to safer areas, preventing widespread casualties, he said.
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"We have yet to receive the complete details, but I think the situation is manageable", said Ricardo Jalad, who heads the Office of Civil Defense. At least 11 people have died with several more missing in heavy flooding in central Vietnam, state media said on October 15, 2016, with tens of thounsands of homes completely submerged by water.
Typhoon Sarika is en route to Vietnam from the Philippines, where it left at least two dead.
Nguyen Khac Vinh, a resident in the hardest-hit province of Quang Binh, said there was still no water for drinking and cooking at his house which was totally flooded.
As Typhoon Sarika, which was named after a singing bird in Cambodia, blew out, Philippine authorities turned their attention to another storm that has been spotted far out in the Pacific and may strengthen into a powerful typhoon as it moves toward the Philippines this week.